HPD Arrests Kea`au Man Following South Kohala ‘Incident’

On Monday afternoon, the Hawai`i Police Department responded to a traffic incident at the the Daniel K. Inouye and Route 190 intersection, where a driver observed a gray Ford F-350 at the stop sign was not moving.

According to HPD, another local male party from a second vehicle exited his car and went to check on the driver who was sitting in the driver’s seat, allegedly with a firearm on his lap.

HPD reported that as a safety measure the men left the area and reported the incident.

Several Kona officers responded and immediately set up a perimeter, closing the surrounding roadway for several hours.

“The male person who was initially non-responsive to officers, later exited the vehicle, stood in front of it and began chanting and playing a ukulele,” a police media release notes.

Police arrested thirty-year-old Jason Mattos of a Keaʻau for Disorderly Conduct.

Mattos was transported to the South Kohala Police Station for processing.

The Ford F-350 was recovered as evidence and investigation of this matter will be continued by the Area II Criminal Investigation Section.